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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2015

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders in Action

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/neighborhoodsoilrebuildersinaction/

Why Size Matters in Community Composting ILSR has long touted the many benefits of composting and amending soil with compost, such as: recovering food waste, enhancing soil fertility and structure, reducing soil erosion and stormwater runoff, cutting landfill methane emissions, and sequestering carbon in soils. Yet a country-wide overdependence on centralized, far-away and large-scale composting facilities… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2015

Procurement Can Be a Powerful Tool for Local Economies, but Takes More Than a Policy Change to Work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/procurement-more-than-a-policy-change/

The decision of which firm will get the food service contract at the City Hall cafeteria doesn’t always make it into the news, but local governments spend a lot of money. In towns, counties, and states everywhere, there are roads to be paved, lawyers to be hired, and office supplies to be purchased, and the rules set up to govern those contracts—procurement policies—hold significant potential for governments to grow their local economies. Continue reading

Democratic Energy Media Roundup
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 24, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-august-24-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Utilities fight back against Net Metering in Nevada, California & Arizona. Massachusetts communities react to continuation of Net Metering by enacting solar construction. Google launches new webpage to evaluate value of installation of solar tech on your rooftop. Featured Stories: Featured Blog Post: 5 Reasons Utilities are Hating on Their… Continue reading

Made in USA right size
Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2015

Buy America? Of Course. But You Can Do Even Better

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/buy-america-of-course-but-you-can-do-even-better/

“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act,” Pope Francis announced early this year. How can we spend our money as if our values matter? In some sectors and for some values this is fairly easy. Food is an obvious example. Those… Continue reading

Words mixed up
Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2015

Conservatives Have Kidnapped Our Language

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/conservatives-have-kidnapped-our-language/

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never harm me.” A fine sentiment, but any child subjected to cyber bullying knows that words do indeed matter. Language evolves. Sometimes a word that once was negative becomes positive, like “terrific” which originally meant terrifying. Sometimes a word that was once positive becomes negative,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2015

Orillia, Ontario, goes to every-other-week garbage pickup

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/orillia-ontario-goes-to-every-other-week-garbage-pickup/

Mary Lou Van Deventer, Urban Ore, Berkeley, CA reports:  The city of Orillia, Ontario, is making financially sensible Zero Waste resource system choices, and it focuses its PR on telling citizens what they need to know, not what they want to hear. The tone is excitement, shared responsibility, and getting in the habit of responsible… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2015

Questioning Solar Energy Economies of Scale, 2014 Edition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/questioning-solar-energy-economies-of-scale-2014-edition/

While utilities continue to imply that large-scale solar projects are more economical than small ones, the data is telling another story. In fact, costs for transmission and distribution of utility-scale solar energy may largely undermine the modestly better economics at the point of generation. In other words (as I wrote a month ago), Utility Solar… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2015

New Reference From U-W Extension is a Library Must-Have

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-reference-from-u-w-extension-a-library-must-have/

The University of Wisconsin-Extension recently released Broadband Policies and Regulations for Wisconsin Stakeholders, a good addition to your digital library, especially if you have in interest in Wisconsin and midwestern broadband issues. The document provides case studies and an in-depth list of references addressing: Public-private partnerships Local ordinances Technology councils Community engagement Local government telecommunications… Continue reading

Democratic Energy Media Roundup (1)
Article filed under Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 17, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-august-17-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Net Metering caps stay in the national conversation on renewable energy. Renewable leaders and utilities react to the Clean Power Plan. New Texas law allows and encourages rooftop solar. Featured Stories: Can An Old Utility Learn New Tricks? by John Farrell, Clean Technica Why rooftop solar may be worth three times… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2015

WEBINAR: The State of the Art of Extended Producer Responsibility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/epr-webinar/

The nature of US discussions on EPR in general and for packaging have changed significantly in the past year. The California Product Stewardship determined to focus on EPR for toxic and hard to recycle materials. The Berkeley City Council and  the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association passed resolutions calling for public… Continue reading